Getting Your Soda Hard For Summer

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MOST AUSTRALIANS will have never heard of “hard” or “spiked” seltzer, but in the United States this new type of alcoholic beverage is rapidly transforming the drinking habits of Americans.

In Australia seltzer is called soda, and hard seltzer ends up being scotch and sode. Or gin and soda. Or vodka and soda. Pretty much whatever you like, and soda.

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Get it Right: Hot Toddy Perfection

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HOT TODDIES are those drinks you get when you’re cold or when you have a cold,” says Keith Emms. “You want something strong, you want something hot, you want something a little bit spicy.”

That middle one is most essential to Keith, Tastemeister at Global Flavors. “So many times with Hot Toddies you order one and it’s lukewarm.”

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6 Top-Shelf Mixers to Complement Your Whisky

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WE ALL welcome that rare guest who’s able to happily mingle with others. Likewise, a whisky mixer with personality really enlivens an evening compared to yet another dull soda or ho-hum ginger ale.

These sodas and cocktail ingredients are so tasty and original they might end up being the life of your whisky party.

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How to Make Your Own Irish Cream

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IRISH CREAM doesn’t always have the best reputation among whisky drinkers, but that’s somewhat undeserved.

Sure, it hardly resembles actual whisky and is a key ingredient in frivolous cocktails like the Mudslide, but Irish cream — invented in a mere 45 minutes in 1973 — makes a delicious after-dinner drink, and is the perfect single-ingredient addition to coffee when you need more than just caffeine to pick you up. “Irish cream adds a fantastic texture and ultimate creaminess to cocktails,” says Georgina McKevitt, bartender at The Irish Times Pub & Restaurant in Los Angeles.

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How to Taste Spice Flavors in Whisky

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JUST AS spices transform the act of eating from functional to pleasurable, spice flavors can enliven whisky. Baking spices in particular evoke holiday scents wafting from the kitchen, and the sensations of fresh pastries served warm from the bakery.

The impression of baking spices— we’re talking mainly about cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, clove, and allspice—adds warmth, color, and complexity to the aroma and flavor of whisky.

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